Seminar One - The UNCRC in Law
The 'UNCRC in Law' is the first of four seminars being run by Together, the CRFR at the University of Edinburgh and CCWP at the Univeristy of Stirling, to examine the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) in Scotland as part of a SUII funded programme.
We are especially inviting you to register your interest in the series, the first seminar of which will explore the UNCRC in law. Your views and expertise will greatly benefit the discussion and seminar series as a whole. The agenda is forthcoming and will include exciting discussion and debate from a range of child law specialists and academics including representatives from Wales, Ireland and Scotland, as well as presentations from third sector representatives such as Clan Childlaw who provide children with access to legal advice and support in Scotland.
The aim of the seminar is to draw from a wide range of experience as well as academic and legal research to explore the strengths and weaknesses of using legislation to progress UNCRC implementation.
From this, the project aims to agree a set of priorities for research, policy and practice in Scotland to support the implementation of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 and drive improved monitoring and implementation of the UNCRC at a local and national government level.
Professor Ursula Kilkelly: Professor of Law at University College Cork. Ursula is an international children's rights scholar. She has published widely on children's rights, the European Convention on Human Rights and youth justice.
Dr Simon Hoffman: Associate Professor of the College of Law and Criminology at Swansea University, and co-ordinator of the Wales Observatory on Human Rights of Children and Young People.
Alison Reid: Principal Solicitor and Chief Executive of Clan Childlaw, a unique advocacy and legal service for children and young people.
Juliet Harris: Director of Together, the Scottish Alliance for Children's Rights.
Professor Elaine Sutherland: Professor of Child and Family Law at the Law School, University of Stirling and Distinguished Professor of Law at Lewis & Clark Law School, Portland, Oregon, USA. She has lectured on child and family law around the world and, in addition to her work in the Scottish and US domestic contexts, has long pursued her interest in the comparative dimensions of child and family law.
Who should attend ‘The UNCRC in Law’
The seminars are intended to be cross-cutting and multi-sectoral. They are targeted at all those working with and for children and young people, and are an opportunity for legal practitioners and academics to share their expertise with others.
About the seminar series
How can civil society and academia work with government to ensure the full implementation of children’s rights across Scotland? This is the question that this seminar series coordinated by Together (Scottish Alliance for Children’s Rights), the University of Edinburgh (Centre for Research on Families and Relationships) and the University of Stirling (Centre for Child Wellbeing and Protection) seeks to explore. The series has been funded by the Scottish Universities Insight Institute (SUII).
It is a momentous time for children’s rights – in June of 2016, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child issued a series of recommendations to Scotland and the UK which outline what needs to be done in legislation, policy and practice to ensure the rights of all children are upheld across the UK. The UN Committee’s recommendations coincided with the commencement of new UNCRC-related duties on Ministers and public bodies through the Children & Young People (Scotland) Act 2014, and a new session of the Scottish Parliament.
Despite positive developments in UNCRC implementation across Scotland, both academic research and civil society reports show that children’s lived experiences of their rights remain patchy. Many of the UN Committee’s recommendations remain outstanding, including issues around incorporation into law, professional training and giving children equal protection from violence. This series of four one-day interdisciplinary and cross-sector seminars will seek to improve the implementation and monitoring of the UNCRC and address many of these gaps. They will include and embed children’s lived experiences of their rights.
The dates of the seminar series
1. The UNCRC in Law: Friday 10th February 2017
2. The UNCRC in Practice: Monday 20th March 2017
3. The UNCRC in Policy: Monday 24th April 2017
4. The UNCRC Going Forwards: Thursday 1st June 2017
Further information about the programme
Registration for each seminar will open as they progress. You will be kept fully informed and receive another registration invite for the second seminar and so on as they open.
Through SUII funding, we are able to provide the seminar series free of charge.
For any questions regarding this programme, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0131 337 9015